How to reset Live

  • Live Versions: All
  • Operating System: All

Resetting Live does the following:

  • If you have a template set, it will be erased.
  • Live's preferences will be deleted; audio and MIDI hardware needs to be setup again, plug-in support needs to be re-enabled, custom preferences need to be set again.
  • The Undo folder will be deleted.

Note: Rather than deleting, you can instead move these files to another location (eg. Desktop). If the reset doesn't help, then you can move them back afterwards.

Mac

    1. Close Live.
    2. Open this hidden folder (where x.x.x is the installed version of Live, eg. 10.0.3):
      Users/[username]/Library/Preferences/Ableton/Live x.x.x/
      Note: Here's how to access hidden folders on Mac.
    3. Delete Preferences.cfgUndo folder (in Live 9 this is Undo.cfg) and Template.als (if present).
    4. Launch Live.

Windows

    1. Close Live.
    2. Open this hidden folder (where x.x.x is the installed version of Live, eg. 10.0.3):
      Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences\
      Note: Here's how to access hidden folders on Windows.
    3. Delete Preferences.cfgUndo folder (in Live 9 this is Undo.cfg) and Template.als (if present).
    4. Launch Live.